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Progress Report 2020 #12

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Slowly rolling back to the “normal” swing of things, if there is such a thing in the light of a global pandemic. Getting any writing done takes preparation and planning, but I’m managing it. We were supposed to be leaving for Vegas tomorrow, for our 6th wedding anniversary, but…. Clearly that’s been put on hold. Words written (week/YTD): 10,609 / 139,604 225-words of admin + 4 projects. A large portion of the words this week were written twice, once in a notebook, then transcribed. Maybe someday I’ll count them as double, but I don’t presently. 44 pages edited Slowly chipping away at the EVER CLIMBING PILE OF EDITS. Maybe someday here, I’ll take a week off from drafting and just sit down with the stack and go until my eyes bleed out of my head… go to sleep and then start over. What I’m reading I haven’t updated GoodReads, but I did get through a number of things on my kindle app this week…. And while I remember plots

Flying During COVID-19

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I’m only going to give you the basic facts of why I flew when I did, as I have not asked permission to expand on the details: Earlier this month, my father had a heart attack and sought medical attention. Shortly thereafter, he had open heart surgery for a quadruple bypass. So I booked a flight and headed home as soon as I was able. Just over a week after his surgery. Departure: March 12 The Phoenix airport is a place I spent a lot of time in my early twenties. My now ex-husband worked for an airline and I was able to fly anywhere in the US for free as long as there was an extra seat on the plane. I’ve spent my fair share of time waiting at those gates in the past fifteen years. So I’m well acquainted with the general population density of Terminal 4. I got there 2 hours ahead of time, as usual. And of course, I stepped into the air conditioned space and my nose immediately started running. Which began a long, internal argument on how to handle the situation without f

Progress Report 2020 #11

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. After spending the first part of the week in Oregon, and only getting a significant number of words in while in the airport,* Wednesday and Thursday were all about getting all areas of my life back on track. So, my numbers aren’t great this week and THAT’S OKAY. Still working on killing the notion that my worth is directly linked to my productivity. Words written (week/YTD): 7,540 / 128,995 1,743-words of admin + 2 projects. Told ya. I really like working in airports, but this time around was distracting. 0 pages edited While I can edit on my iPad (which is what I took with me because it’s less bulky and getting it through airport security is less of a hassle) it takes about 2x as long. So I prefer working in paper and ink for that. And I didn’t want to lug around a physical copy of any of my MSs. So no editing was done this week. What I’m reading Again, just finding my equilibrium has pushed a lot of things aside. Readi

SLOW BURN DARK RELEASE DATE AND COVER REVEAL

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For those of you who’ve been around since The Disappearance of Flynn Monroe in 2017, this announcement may excite you. Flynn is back. The series has a new name, the books have new titles and have been completely redone. It was very important to me to retitle because of the possible confusion on Amazon listings, I’m doing everything I can to be transparent about the previous versions, because I don’t want you to pick this book up thinking it’s going to be something 100% new. But it kind of is. Book One is coming March 29th! For those of you who love metrics, Slow Burn Dark, is around 113,000-words. That’s more than 80,000-words more than the book had when it was called Enemies of a Sort. The Blurb:  Flynn Monroe escaped a failed rebellion with an ugly scar around his neck, a price on his head, and a theory that his side had plans for the most coveted backworld in the Colarium-controlled systems. But three weeks on the planet has unearthed nothing except the usual

Progress Report 2020 #10

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. I flew to Oregon yesterday. The disruption to my schedule is worth it to be here, but it is very strange being in another state right now. Especially when I’m not the only one wondering whether the airports are going to be open for my return flight. Words written (week/YTD): 11,572 / 121,826 769-words of admin + 4 projects. Most of the words this week were in a mad rush to get things wrapped up before I headed out of town. It’s always interesting to see what I can get accomplished when I know I’m not going to have normal access/time. I only managed 1,574-words in the airport. And the true “hit” to my normal word count is going to start today. So I guess we’ll see how things go when I check back in next week. 27 pages edited I stole some time on Saturday to get a few pages torn apart and put back together… More of the slow and steady mentality. Building a stairway out of this pit, one step at a time. What I’m reading I go

Progress Report 2020 #9

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. This week was a bit of a…. Thing. My dad had a heart attack and has been in the hospital and continues to be in the hospital. On Wednesday, he had open heart surgery to deal with blocked arteries, and I basically stress wrote my way through the week. Words written (week/YTD): 18,712 / 109,135 2,082-words of admin + 8 projects. As usual, the more projects, the higher the overall word count--though I had a lot of admin to put in this week, so that was a bit of a bump. It’s sadly put me over my general goal of keeping my monthly admin percentage below 10%, so I’ll just have to write more inside the books rather than out of it next week. 31 pages edited Any progress forward on editing is a win. Because the pile never gets any smaller, but it’s better to chip away at it than ignore it in the hopes it’ll go away (Protip: it won’t). What I’m reading I didn’t read anything that’s able to go on GoodReads this week. See the first

IWSG March 2020 (Does the S Stand for Scatterbrained?)

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It’s IWSG Wednesday, and I am so scattered, I don’t have a *real* post for today. I certainly haven’t had time to really think about the question. Along with some family health stuff I won’t get into here or now, I’m rolling toward a book launch and that has taken up the majority of my spare brain-space! That constant whisper in the back of my head telling me the book *still* isn’t right or ready is probably never going to go away. I don’t think I’m a perfectionist, but sometimes, it feels like my brain gets in the way of the rest of me as I try to get things sorted out ahead of a release. And then, there’s so much to do. So much I’m pretty sure I’m already forgetting. I actually forgot what part of the month it was until, writing up the newsletter that drop’s friday, I realized it was time to come back and say hi to all you lovely IWSGers. That’s where my head is at. o.O Anyway, I hope you had a marvelous February and, if you feel like it, go ahead and subscribe to my n